Any way to remove partitions on Asus zenbook
I just bought an Asus UX31a zenbook. It's a lovely thing but only has a 128Gb SSD. Not a problem but the OS C drive I can access is only 93.9 Gb and the rest is hidden. The rest is OEM and recovery (24 Gb) in hidden partitions. Is there any way to remove these hidden partitons and have access to the rest of the space?
You can use the excellent/free program called Minitool Partition Wizard (http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html - I used it to do this very same function on the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD Win7 boot drive that is in my desktop system.
Remember that you can only expand an existing partition into space that is physically adjacent to it. The expansion process takes some time so don't get nervous while it is happening.
I have the same laptop - it is great, right? So far I have not merged the extra partitions on the laptop because doing that eliminates the possibility of doing a "Refresh" in the event of some sort of software catastrophy.
My laptop currently has 58GB free which is not a lot, but should be enough to hold all the pics & videos from our next trip to the Greek islands. Even though I only use the laptop when travelling for backup & email and not for "real work" I have installed Office 2010 Pro, Photoshop Elements, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, and Autopano Giga.
To make more room on the SSD I deleted almost all of the Win8 Metro apps - there are about 2 GB worth of them - (doing this is not exactly straightforward) and installed a utility program called Start8 that brings back the normal Windows Start button etc. So the Zenbook looks and functions like Win7. (My wife could never deal with Win8's weirdness, and I don't want to either.)
The Zenbook is lovely and the screen is great. I've also removed the metro apps and have 69 gb to play with. Once photmechanic, NX2, and CS4 go on the SSD will be full. I can live without the recovery partitions. I wonder if I can make a recovery USB stick?
I've thought about the same thing. I travel with an external 2TB USB3 drive normally used for photo/video/system backups, but I've thought about making this a boot/recovery disk of some sort. But not sure how to go about this - or just what kind of disk to make.